Revelation 14:6-7 (NASB), “And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; and he said with a loud voice, ‘Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.’ ”
No, the Book of Mormon, wrongly presented as part of the sacred writ by the Latter Day Saints (LDS), is not the eternal gospel of this scripture. The eternal gospel is the message of salvation through Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul told the believers in Colossae to be “…not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to (or “for”) every creature under heaven…” Colossians 1:23 (NKJV) Thus, the Gospel was preached in Paul’s day.
The context of Revelation 14:6-18 indicates the time of this vision is during the end times. Verses 7 and 8 refer to judgment; verse 10 is about God’s wrath upon corrupt systems; verses 16 and 18 occur during the harvest of this evil world order. Jesus, Himself, located the harvest at the end of the age. Matthew 13:39 (NKJV), “…the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels (Greek word, ‘messengers’).”
Why would the Gospel of salvation be part of the end times? Because the truth that Jesus died as a substitute for Adam in order to ransom ALL from the Adamic death penalty was lost during the Dark Ages. People believed that God’s plan was either you accepted the mother church during this present life, or you would be eternally tormented. The LDS church is just one more organization that holds forth this wrong doctrine. Considering that at least several billion people have never accepted Jesus as their savior, they thought God’s plan had at least an 80% failure rate.
But during the late 1800s, God’s eternal gospel for mankind began to be preached again. The Abrahamic Promise, “…in you (Abraham) and in your seed (the nation of Israel) all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 28:14 NKJV), was remembered. Some reasoned: “How could everyone be blessed unless everyone was resurrected? You can’t bless a dead person.”
From the 200s AD, professed Christians had recognized there was a heavenly calling to follow in Jesus’s footsteps of suffering and self-denial, which was “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27) But the earthly promise of salvation was lost. Now the time had come to preach the “eternal gospel…to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people.” Revelation 14:6.
Thus, God’s plan to resurrect, teach, and forgive mankind was preached again. What a blessing.